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Into Ultrablack assembles six works from the artist’s slightly divergent series, but they all speak to notions of growth, decay, modes of communication and perception, spiritualism, interdependent relationships, and human behavior in ever-shifting environmental conditions.

Across Kawahara’s works, one repeatedly encounters underlying structures: veins, root systems, bones, connective tissue, cavernous networks, and other interstitial environments. These corporeal elements are enhanced by the artist’s frequent use of materials from living matter: coffee grounds, rabbit skin glue, cotton, wood, beeswax, and various types of paper. His painting process follows an organic, intuitive approach, meaning that his manipulation of materials is guided by impulse, allowing chance and entropy a fertile foothold within the manifold realms he creates.

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